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CTA President Warns: Billionaires Give Tuck More Than $6M

(Illustration above) Wealthy special interests have given Marshall Tuck, a former hedge fund manager, more than $6 million in hopes they can defeat Supt. Tom Torlakson, a long-time classroom teacher and education advocate.

In-state and out-of-state special interests – read that to mean billionaires and their slightly “impoverished” millionaire cut buddies  -- have now given Marshall Tuck more than $6 million in support of his effort to unseat Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

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CTA President Urges Region II Members to Speak Our Truth to Voters

CTA President Dean E. Vogel, a kindergarten teacher from Vacaville, tells several hundreds of CTA members at the Region 2 Leadership Conference that voters overwhelmingly trust teachers and want to hear from them as they prepare to vote on Nov. 4.

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Supt. Torlakson Congratulates 24 California Schools That Win National Recognition

Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson on Tuesday extended his congratulations to 24 California public schools that were singled out by the Federal Department of Education as 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools. They are among 337 schools in 47 states so honored.

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Darling-Hammond, Education Scholar, Slams Vergara, Praises Gov. Brown, Supt. Torlakson

One of the pre-eminent voices in the international education community, Linda Darling-Hammond, in a powerful op-ed in Wednesday’s San Francisco Chronicle titled "Supporting teachers is the way to improve schools" hits the Vergara v. State of California lawsuit that would undermine key protections for teachers that enable them to advocate for their students.

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Supt. Torlakson, Assembly Member Dickinson Work with Community to Get Children Backpacks


Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, a former teacher, and Assembly Member Roger Dickinson are working with the community to help ensure that all students in the Sacramento City Unified School District have backpacks and other school essentials.

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Teachers’ Voices Will Matter in Superintendent of Public Instruction Race

Voters trust teachers, and they want advice from educators on election issues that affect public schools.

This year more than ever, teachers’ voices will be highly valued as parents and other voters decide how to vote in the race for Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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The Sacramento Bee Thinks Teachers are Selfish

The Sacramento Bee has done it again – attacked teachers and two pro-education elected officials. In an editorial published on Thursday, "Teacher protections that hurt students are indefensible – unless you’re state’s top education official”, The Bee slams Gov. Brown and Supt. Torlakson for appealing the misguided “Vergara ruling” that would undermine teacher due process and seniority protections.

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At San Jose Conference, Chapter Presidents Master New Skills, Discuss Challenges with Supt. Torlakson

More than 700 new and experienced CTA Chapter Presidents gathered in San Jose this past weekend to network, learn new skills, and find out more about the challenges facing our schools and educators in the years ahead.

The 60th annual Presidents Conference gave the presidents a chance to work with CTA leaders and staff on issues ranging from bargaining and education reform to political action.

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Supt Torlakson: $33 Million More Available to Help Schools Go "Green"

State Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson - -a former teacher and coach – has announced that qualified school districts and county offices can submit their requests for a share of $33 million more in funding to cover the costs of energy efficiency projects.

The funds are part of the moneys for this purpose voters approved in November 2012 by passing Proposition 39.

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By the Numbers: More than 236000 New Student Assessments Done or In Process, Supt. Torlakson Reports

California educators and students have been pretty busy over the past week. 

Thousands of teachers and hundreds of thousands of their students have been helping field test the new Smarter Balanced Assessments that are synched to the new Common Core State Standards.

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